Friday, December 30, 2011

St Thomas Becket, 29 Dec 2011

Click here to download and listen to this homily (9 minutes) given by Fr Thomas Weise at St Catherine of Siena parish in Petersburg, Alaska. St Thomas Becket, Archbishop and Martyr (1118-1170) has a conversion when going from Chancellor to Archbishop. As bishop he continues to protect the Church from his close friend King Henry II. After returning from six years in exile he is martyred by four of the king's knights. King Henry fasted in penance for forty days. Thomas was immediately acclaimed a saint by the common people and due to his martyrdom and the many miracles associated with his intercession he was canonized a saint in just two years. His tomb became one of the most frequented pilgrimage sites in Europe.

Readings: 1 John 2:3-11; Psalm 96; Luke 2:22-35

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